Sewage line damage causes lane closure on University Boulevard

Sewer Fix

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson

Over the past couple of weeks, local businesses in downtown Tuscaloosa have been affected by a sewage backup.

After an investigation, the construction crew at the John Plott Company determined the pipes were failing.

Now, workers are fixing the damage at the corner of University Boulevard and 22nd Avenue.

Tuscaloosa Infrastructure and Public Services Interim Executive Director Jarrod Milligan said this happens because clay pipes can crack.

“The city has a lot of older clay pipes,” Milligan said. “Over time, whether it’s through tree roots or just the shrinking and swelling of clay soils in the ground, the pipes eventually crack and deteriorate over time.”

Because of the sewage backup, the far right lane of University Boulevard was closed.

“There is still traffic going in both directions, we just have one lane closed and some parking lots but the businesses along the block are open,” Milligan said.

Milligan said he hopes he’ll get the project done by Sept. 7, just in time for Alabama’s first home football game.

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